2018 Activities

 2018 Heritage Open Days

Russell St/ Castle Hill Conservation Area. Under threat? 

2017 marked 50 years since the passing of the act which led to the establishment of Conservation Areas.  Many of these are under threat and the ability of councils to resource conservation officers is under attack as a result of the massive cuts to council funding.  Civic Voice continues to address the risk this poses using the strap lines “I care about where I live” and “My Conservation Area is important to me” 

In 2018 we ran two walks of the Russell Street / Castle Hill Conservation Area on 6th and 15th September . Starting at The Oasis (Baker Street) the walks took just over 2 hours, somewhat longer than the planned 90 minutes but there were so many questions.

At the end of the walk on the 6th September we had the opportunity to see pictures of old Reading displayed by a long time resident of Jesse Terrace and also the proposals for the redevelopment of nearby Hosier Street.

On the 6th September the walks were led by Terry of Terry’s Reading Walkabouts .  On the 15th it was led by members of the Civic Society / Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association.  Full details are HEREEventbrite HERE.

6 September

15 September

15 September

Churches Tour 30 September 2018.

Lynette Edwell arranged a tour of three churches “around” Newbury; Great Shefford, Aldworth and Bucklebury.  We departed Reading at 12:30 in Horseman’s comfortable 33-seater coach.  The coach parked as near to each church as possible. The cost was £23 per person, the Society made a small donation to each of the three churches.   David Peacock guided us as he did in 2017. Tea was at Camp Hopson’s. Images to come.

Visit to The Charterhouse in London Saturday 4th August

This was a most successful visit on a very, very hot day. With 26 people. It will be reported on in full in the next newsletter.